As the International Olympic Committee (IOC) began their search for the next host of the Summer Olympic Games in 1968, general concern arose over which of the four cities: Detroit, Mexico City, Lyons, and Buenos Aries were most qualified to obtain this honor. Through rigorous researching over each city, Mexico City became regarded as the most qualified location to host the 1968 Olympic Games. Following the IOC’s decision, countries began screaming, because of trepidation, at the top of their lungs. Ultimately, the IOC’s decision was finalized and the worried countries would have to wait until the end of these Olympic Games in order to determine what effects altitude had on athletes performance capabilities. Concluding the final sporting events, scientists and doctors deeply anticipated the opportunity to begin researching the effects of altitude on athletes. Their research concluded that training at high altitude positively influenced an endurance athlete’s physical performance. This decision by the IOC led to the development of the most recognizable training method in the sport of distance running, high altitude training.


King, Shannon



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Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis



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